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Toyota RAV 4 – Mazda 6 Toyota RAV 4 – Mazda 6

Being one of the originators of the compact SUV market, the Toyota RAV4 has proved to be a reliable companion over the years.

The Mazda 6 model is not just a refresh of the previous generation. Rather, it’s something truly different. The fact that it won first place honors in midsize sedan comparison tests in both Motor Trend and Car and Driver speaks volumes.

Volkswagen Beetle Cabrio TDI • Lexus LS 460 Volkswagen Beetle Cabrio TDI •  Lexus LS 460

The Volkswagen Beetle Cabrio TDI offers the Beetle in either a hard top which they call the Coupe, or the Convertible.

The LEXUS LS 4 burst onto the automotive scene in 1989 specifically to challenge not only the domestic automotive brands but the European marques also.

BUICK ENCORE • DODGE GRAND CARAVAN CREW BUICK ENCORE • DODGE GRAND CARAVAN CREW

BUICK ENCORE
Starting Price: About $24,000
In order to fully leverage the maximum benefit from expensive automotive engineering, manufacturers are now making world cars and multiple variants of a given design platform. European manufacturers have done this …

NISSAN PATHFINDER • KIA RIO NISSAN PATHFINDER  •  KIA RIO

By Kelly Foss; MyCarData.com
NISSAN PATHFINDER
Starting price: about $28,600
Historically, the Pathfinder has been a midsize SUV that has gone through several iterations. In the past it’s been a soft city vehicle. The last model was a …

Scion FR-S • GMC Terrain X Scion FR-S • GMC Terrain X

According to Scion, the FR-S is a true purpose-built sports car. That means it needs to be small, light, nimble, rear- wheel-driven and have an efficient and powerful engine.

The GMC Terrain is specifically designed to meet the demands of customers looking for a well-built compact SUV utility.

Dodge Dart • Subaru Outback Dodge Dart • Subaru Outback

The Dodge Dart is a dramatic-looking and nice-driving car that gets good fuel economy and is priced right.

The Subaru Outback is offered with an excellent navigation system, a 440 watt Harmon/Kardon audio unit, USB connections, XM Nav-traffic, streaming audio and a backup camera.

Ford Explorer • Toyota Avalon Ford Explorer • Toyota Avalon

The Ford Explorer This Explorer is a significantly larger vehicle than before. It is roomy inside and offers three rows of seating.

This new Toyota Avalon Though Toyota classifies it as a premium midsize sedan, the Avalon sure looks and feels like a full size car to us.

NISSAN SENTRA ••• HONDA CIVIC HYBRID NISSAN SENTRA ••• HONDA CIVIC HYBRID

The Nissan Sentra is the compact sedan in the Nissan family. In fact the new seventh-generation Sentra is now larger than its big brother the Altima was just 10 years ago.

This new Honda Civic is quieter and more composed than previous models. It feels more poised and mature.

CHRYSLER 300S ••• MAZDA CX-5 CHRYSLER 300S  •••  MAZDA CX-5

Chrysler’s 300 was first introduced in 2005 as a pleasant large sedan. Its square jawed look carried great appeal as the first rear-wheel drive large sedan from the Chrysler stable in decades.

The CX-5 from Mazda is their interpretation of what a compact SUV should really be. Not only is it useful and right-sized, but it also offers a good helping of Zoom Zoom.

CAMRY HYBRID ••• ACURA RDX CAMRY HYBRID  •••  ACURA RDX

The Camry is totally new for 2012 and the XLE Hybrid version that I tested was impressive on many fronts.
Acura has just introduced a totally new and improved RDX SUV.

Buick Verano & Volkswagen Passat Buick Verano & Volkswagen Passat

by Kelly Foss
Buick has filled the vehicle with purposeful technology. This includes touch screen navigation, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, voice command, text-to-speech conversion of SMS text messages, Pandora and Stitcher to name a few.

Though the Passat is substantial, it somehow manages to maintain its lithe supple road manners and responsiveness. Part of the joy of owning a VW is how it drives and handles. The Passat still delivers on that expectation.

Toyota Prius C and Jaguar XF Toyota Prius C and Jaguar XF

By Kelly Foss
The Evoque delivers premium levels of craftsmanship, luxury, performance and renowned Land Rover Evoque multi-terrain capability in a more compact package.
The XTS is a large elegant sedan that derives its luxury though technology according to Cadillac.

Range Rover Evoque & Cadillac XTS Range Rover Evoque & Cadillac XTS

By Kelly Foss
The Evoque delivers premium levels of craftsmanship, luxury, performance and renowned Land Rover Evoque multi-terrain capability in a more compact package.
The XTS is a large elegant sedan that derives its luxury though technology according to Cadillac.

Suzuki Kazashi & Chevrolet Malibu Eco Suzuki Kazashi & Chevrolet Malibu Eco

By Kelly Foss
The basic design philosophy of the Kazashi is to build a rugged yet refined car that is both efficient and fun to drive.
The Chevrolet Malibu Eco uses a standard 2.4 liter EcoTech 4 cylinder engine and adds a mild electric motor assist using the simplest, least complex technology possible.

SCION IQ & Mercedes C250 Coupe SCION IQ & Mercedes C250 Coupe

The SCION IQ as an expression of the New Urbanism.

Though smaller and less expensive, the C Coupe still has Mercedes presence and its rock solid feel.

Volkswagen EOS and BMW X3 Volkswagen EOS and BMW X3

The magic of the EOS is that this city sized car is fitted with an ingenious 3-piece hardtop that, at the press of a button, folds neatly into the trunk.

The X3 is a premium vehicle and comes with the upscale accoutrements and level of refinement that one would expect from BMW.

Chevy Sonic, and Mercedes S350 Diesel Chevy Sonic, and Mercedes S350 Diesel

The new Chevy Sonic is the replacement subcompact and is worlds better than its predecessor.
The S Class is the large luxury sedan from Mercedes. It’s big, substantial, has presidential presence and is full of technology.

Jeep Grand Cherokee & Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Jeep Grand Cherokee & Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

The Plug-in Prius is fundamentally different because it can be pre-charged.
The Acura TL styling is attractive, rich-looking and tastefully crafted.